Cradle, rocking chairs
I made this cradle for my godchild.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
I created this one of a kind multi-functional solution that serves as a rocking chair and also as cradle when two Dimdim chairs are joined together. Each of the rocking chair is made up of wood with steel supports and finished in a walnut veneer. Two chairs can be mounted to each other with the help two hidden clamps below the seat to form a baby cradle.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Dimdim is a cradle that also includes two rocking chairs.
The chairs are attached to each other by two hidden clamps underneath the seat. The legs can be rotated a quarter, depending on the use as a rocking chair or cradle.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
I started with drawing the sketches in November 2012 in Milan, where I was on a erasmus exchange project. And I finished the design in June 2013 in Mechelen, where I live.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Bended wood and steel. Finished with a walnot veneer
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Furniture, Cradle, Rocking chair, Wood, Steel
For my research I talked to parents of different ages. I inquired of what cradles they used, what happened with the cradle after the use of the baby. Turned out the cradles where dumped on the attic or in a thrift shop. The best solution was to pass it on to family or friends. But in non of the cases the cradle stayed inside the household. So I thought of a solution where the cradle can stay with the family or even with the baby itself. The baby, child, teenager can keep his cradle/chairs his whole life.
The difficult part was to made the prototype with out the help of any companies. To bend the wood and finish it of with walnut veneer. Also to find a way for turning the legs when the function changes.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Lisse Van Cauwenberge
Image 1: Photographer Isabel Rothier
Image 2: Photographer Isabel Rothier